My best friends in Broadcasting are Stan and Haney on 96 K-Rock, WRXK. (They are now back in the afternoons, where they belong, if you haven’t heard the louder than Al Jolson internet buzz.)
Both Stan and Haney will frequently tease me about my attention to fog. “PLEASE,…WATCH FOR THAT FOG!” is a sound clip you’ll hear more than occasionally on 96 K-Rock.
Tuesday morning, we had another major accident which may have been fog related. You can get the very latest on our homepage. Horrible stuff.
This is obviously not the first morning traffic accident that is fog related. Off the top of my head,…I remember the accident in Lehigh Acres a few years back where a child waiting for the school bus was killed,….there was the pile-up crash and fire in Charlotte County which shut down part of the Interstate for days,…..and the horrible crash on Alligator Alley.
The exact dates of these crashes are unimportant,…I just mention them to emphasize my point.
As a weather forecaster, fog is probably the toughest nut to crack.
You see,…when storms move in,…you have the very powerful National Weather Service Nexrad Doppler radar to show which areas thunderstorms are moving into, where they will strike next,…and even storms that have possible tornadoes. The National Weather Service issues warnings for these areas, which are immediately picked up by all media.
With Hurricanes,…as destructive as they might be,…you have the best meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center tracking these storms, and your “heads up” time is often days before. Has anyone in the last 10 years experienced a “surprise” hurricane? Of course not.
Fog is such a different animal. This time of year, it is most often thickest in the cooler inland areas. How many times have you been driving in a light fog, when suddenly the fog gets very thick for half a mile or so?
You might be driving through a lower area which is cooler, or an area which is protected a bit where the winds are calm, or possibly over a bridge where there is more moisture in the air,…and WHAM! Visibility is near zero. Perhaps this is what happened in Tuesday’s crash.
The best advice I can give to all on a foggy morning, is:
1-Avoid I-75. Too many trucks that don’t stop as fast, and it’s inland enough that it has many cool spots where the fog gets thick quickly, especially at 70 mph.
2-Choose roads where the speed limit is lower. It doesn’t matter how fast YOU think the safe speed is,…there will likely be some jackass going too fast for conditions, so keep an eye on the rear view mirror.
Finally, I am going to include a link that has a fine explanation as to exactly WHY fog can be a problem when driving.
I hope all of you understand the somber tone of this blog,…..but I feel these are very important points to make.
See you in the morning for Interactive Weather,....and we will be featuring your e-mails, which have been very numerous over the past week.